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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in Awesome resource for tech just updated by Jeff Campagna   
    @Melissa
    The biggest benefit of Roger for school use is its multiple mics which use beamforming and its adaptive mic technology that adjusts the gain based on environmental noise levels.  Technically, Roger is not an FM System since it uses a digital sub network connection but many people in schools still call it an FM since they are used to that terminology.
    I mention it because old FM technology was able to broadcast further and did not rely on line of sight.  Of course, the sound quality and mic technology is way better in Roger than the old FM.
     
    Roger Touchscreen Mic is the Cadillac in the Roger System for school use.  A terrific  Roger transmitter.
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in Ear Gear Retention Device & Air Vents on Battery Cover   
    @Melissa
    Sone people use EarGear mini covers just to cover the Sonnet mic area.  Maybe they come with a tether option.
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in Audiolink Questions   
    @Melissa
    Most devices have an optional headphone jack accessory so we can plug in headphones if desired. The AudioLink will be able to be plugged into those headphone jacks.
    AudioLink is not supposed to be used on planes per Med-El.  That is true with all of those types of RF devices.
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in AudioLink for Sonnets   
    @Melissa
    $20 CozyPhones flat stereo headband speakers sound terrific and let me hear on both sides with my Rondos in true separate left/right stereo.  They are my go to option for my Rondos when I can not use the wonderfully easy Artone...which can be worn under a shirt and is tiny and light.  So for me with my Rondos.... Artone is first choice, CozyPhones is second choice (planes or need to plug into a headphone jack) and mini battery pack with red jack DAI cable is third choice.
    Things sound awesome with the mini battery pack and DAI red jack cable.  It just is more cumbersome.
    I like listening bilaterally always. (Except if I am training speech or speech in noise.)
    There is a bilateral red jack DAI cable which can plug into the left and right mini battery packs or plug into the left and right Sonnet FM battery cover with the Euro jack (3 holes).  There is also a unilateral red jack DAI cable.
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in AudioKey now available in Apple App Store (US)   
    @DncTchr2
    Tonight I am going to a Broadway musical.  No accommodations needed.  No assistive listening devices.  Just my 2 CIs on my everyday programs.
    Everyone’s journey is unique.  
     
    Great sounding music is a possibility for some of us.  Hoping your CI journey is full of awesome music.
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in Warranty period on upgrade kits in US change   
    Yes processor kits connected to surgeries are 5 years.
     
    Until this month Med-El future upgrade kits  were also 5 years.  That is what has changed to 3 years.
     
    Both other US brands offer 3 years for upgrade kits at this time too.
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in Sonnet 2 in US ASM 2.0   
    @Melissa
    When Sonnet 1 was released in the US, it was released with ASM 1.  After FDA approval for ASM 2, ASM 2 was released in the US.  Our audiologists updated our Sonnet 1 processors via Med-El’s software at our appointments.
    I expect the same sequence to happen with Sonnet2 processors in the US pending FDA approval.
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    Melissa got a reaction from Mary Beth in Help with Bluetooth for both Rondo 2 and Sonnett   
    Thanks for pointing that out!
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in Your thoughts on direct from phones to processor streaming   
    @Melissa
    Connectivity is very important to everyone.  The teens I work with who use various CI brands often choose to connect to their devices the same way as their friends.....headphones.  Smile
    The cool thing about CIs and headphones is that there is no feedback.
    The sound quality provided by a high end headphone company will surpass all these various connectivity options.  For sound quality purposes, it probably goes like this....
    -direct connect processor to device via audio cable provides the best audio signal
    -high end noise cancelling headphones
    -other connectivity options including BT neckloops, proprietary intermediary devices, direct connect via BT....(There is a lot of variability in this group both for sound quality and for personal preference.)
     
    In the 5 years I have been implanted a lot has changed regarding connectivity options for all brands.  Each brand is advancing.  Each brand has good connectivity features.  Each brand has problems with their connectivity features.
     
    One thing we can all count on .... the connectivity options will continue to change.  
     
    It is important to select the brand that best fits your life.  The competition between brands is good for all of us.  It pushes each brand to improve.
     
     
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    One of the things that I like very much about this forum is that it never gets bogged down in the CI brand war debate.  Many many FB groups become heated with debates about CI brands.  
     
    This forum is never like that and I am thankful.
     
     
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    Melissa reacted to Rick H in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Hi Melissa
    yes I do like the streaming capability of the CA implant both in regards to their hearing aid & to the direct to iPhone as well. It was definitely one of the things that made me think of them as a possible implant choice. It seems like all the other companies do tend to catch up & get the latest technology as time goes on. It’s like when I first started looking into my CI Medel was the only one that was MRI safe & by the time I had to make my decision all 3 had that feature which really made it even more difficult. For that reason I focused mainly on the features of the implant itself as that is what stays with you while the exterior processor & their streaming technology & other features improve & are upgraded about every 5 years or so without the need for surgery.
    another nice feature that I liked about the CA nucleus implant was that they have the thinnest electrodes which is good for preserving any residual hearing. That’s a great feature! Also they have 22 electrodes compared to medels 12 & AB 16,  even though my surgeon told me it’s not the number of electrodes but the processing that make a big difference. If you go to this website (cochlearimplanthelp.com) the article there on electrodes & channels explains the differences in how each brand processes sound (the actual way they fire their electrodes to simulate sound) . There is a big difference in the way each brand process sounds, Medels electrodes can be fired simultaneously in pairs & are further divided into different electrical band width between the pairs to give up to 250 different audio frequencies or tones. AB has 16 electrodes that also fires in pairs split between different band widths to create phantom electrodes to generate 120 different frequencies, CAs has the most electrodes at 22 but fire in succession & don’t create any phantom electrodes. I’m no audio engineer but It’s a great article to read to get some insight as to how the brands differ from each other. 
    Medels electrodes are softer & more flexible & reach further into the cochlea they claim that this feature is also great for preserving residual hearing. In the end I chose Medel mainly because of the sound processing differences & the fact that they have had no recalls. Also hearing how satisfied the recipients were with their devices. I’m not trying to push Medel but just giving some insight as to how I made my final decision.😁
    also as you do your research you will hear many simulations of what it sounds like with a CI. I used to hear these & it scared me away from doing this for so long. Don’t be scared of these, they are terrible examples of what it really sounds like! I have never heard a simulation that sounds anything like my CI! I have only had mine turned on now for about 3 months & I can tell you mine sounds very very natural to my original hearing. I could understand speech from the minute it was turned on,. There is a slight mechanical sound to them but my family’s voices sounds like my family’s  voices. when  I watch TV the actors voices sound very much like they used to & most environmental sounds are spot on the way they where before. 
    i would do as much research as you can, pick a good surgeon & talk to as many people on the forums  or in person with all the different brands & then go with your gut instinct! Most Everyone with a CI is very open to let you know about their experiences both good & bad. You really can’t make a bad choice! They are all good products! I don’t know how old your son is but I can assure you & your husband that he will be able to live a very normal life with his CI which ever brand you choose! 
    Hope I’m not being too long winded with my responses but I know what a big decision this can be & I’m trying to give you as much info on my own personal experience of this. 
    Best of  luck Melissa & if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!
    Rick H
     
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    Melissa reacted to Evren in Your thoughts on direct from phones to processor streaming   
    I've not had any problem with my Beltone Boost hearing aid and now they even work with iOS 13.. Compatibility problems may occur when Apple release a new iOS update, it should not be hard to fix as they are software oriented problems. 
    As far as I know there are no Made for Android hearing device out there. Android users only have an option to use assistive tech. Here's a full list of made for iPhone hearing devices. It says iPhone, but they can connect to iPad, Apple Watch and even iPod. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210386
    Direct streaming is almost an industry standart for hearing aids, so I say why not for cochlear implants?
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Featherston in New Member - Parent of Child CI Candidate   
    This.  I had  no idea how much of an impact this would have, but it's been astounding.  When we first started discussing this, I was worried about coverage (I shouldn't have, my company provides excellent medical) and my husband suggested that if insurance didn't cover it, I should do it anyway and we'd find a way to pay for it.  I looked at him like he was crazy, but now?  Not, knowing what I know, I'd take out a second mortgage if I had to in order to get CIs.
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in New Member - Parent of Child CI Candidate   
    @Melissa
    Check this out and scroll down to Med-El’s promise
    https://www.medel.com/en-us/hearing-solutions/cochlear-implants/reliability
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    Melissa got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Activated today!! So many questions..   
    I am so glad to read this, since we are at the stage of looking for implants for my 10 year old, who has done well with hearing aids since he was 3 months old but whose loss has worsened. I really worried for him about the transition from HA to CI.
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in New Member - Parent of Child CI Candidate   
    It sure would be a lot easier for all of us if there was some kind of crystal ball we could gaze into and see our lives post implant & adjustment to the CI!  Smile 😊 
    Trust whatever decision you make.  Embrace it and enjoy the journey.
    Life with CIs is amazing! @Melissa
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in New Member - Parent of Child CI Candidate   
    @Melissa
    Have you seen this yet?
    https://blog.medel.pro/bimodal-hearing-cochlear-implant/
     
    @MED-EL Moderator Are you able to comment on Melissa’s concerns about the long term future of Med-El ?
     
    Med-El has a long record of commitment to our hearing.  They are the only FDA approved brand that will custom design an electrode array for people with especially complicated cochleas.  I believe @Jdashiell posted about a custom tool that was designed by Med-El for one of his surgeries if I am not mistaken.  If you look at the Med-El website and click on their timeline you will read about how they stepped in to help people implanted with a hearing device by another company that was no longer supported.
    I was never concerned that Med-El would not ensure I could hear.
    There is so much info to sort through when choosing brands.  I remember feeling very overwhelmed too.
    It was helpful for me to research future possibilities with the processing/electrode capabilities of the three companies.  I also read about recalls.  
     
    Music was important to me.  I read about music experiences from CI users.  
     
    In the end, I had to make a choice.  I have no regrets.  Listening is so easy now.  We converse from separate floors.  These CIs are so much better than hearing aids.  In so many ways.
     
    I wish your son the very best no matter which brand you choose.  
     
    Have you had an opportunity to meet some CI users in person?  If you are interested, reach out to Med-El US and ask to be put in touch with the Consumer Engagement Manager for your region.
     
    My first side was implanted in Feb 2015 and activated in March.  By mid-summer I was so ready to implant my second side.  I do not miss hearing aids at all.
     
     
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    Melissa reacted to Rick H in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Hi Melissa
    Your husband has a legitimate concern however when it comes to medical devices I would always go with the one that you feel is the best possible product that will give your son the best outcome. That is what is really important. 
    That being said it really is difficult to say with any absolute answer as to who makes the best implant. Sometimes the company selling the most doesn’t necessarily mean your getting the best. I did a lot of research before making my final decision & the one thing I can tell you is that all the recipients from all 3 companies seem to be very happy with their choices & the reliability is very good with all of them. Medel is the only family owned of the 3 but it is also the one that has been around the longest & was the first to invent the modern multi channel CI & also the first to invent a CI that was MRI safe to 3.0 Tesla. I don’t know if Medel is the best for sure as that was my choice & I don’t know how the CI  from CA performs compared to mine. There where a few people that were implanted with a CA in one side & a Medel in the other & those people said that the Medel sounded richer & music was much fuller. Those were the real deciding factors for me. I don’t know if your son is getting bilateral or just one but if bilateral that is also an option to go different brands in each side but most people usually stay with one brand for ease of use. 
     What I can tell you is I am very happy with the customer service I have had so far & the sound quality of the Medel is very realistic to natural hearing & music comes across very good as well.  Also just because a company is a publicly  traded company is no guarantee that they can’t run into financial hard times as well. There really is no guarantees for companies longevity’s but I think both companies have been in business long enough & have enough market shares to where their futures are pretty certain. I really don’t think you can go wrong with Medel or CA, they are both good companies that produce a great product! One thing I can assure you & your husband is that which ever brand you choose your son is going to do fantastic with his new CI. These devices are amazingly hi tech & life changing. My sister-in-law is a special education teacher  in Connecticut who has many children with CIs & she says it is amazing how well they do with them.
    Mine is still at the point where it still is being dialed in & adjusted every few weeks as is the case for the first 1 to 2 years with any brand. But I am thrilled with my CI so far & I’m doing great with it. I have no regrets at all about my choice & am looking forward to getting my other side done after this one is further dialed in. I wish I’d done it much sooner.
    Hope this helps you out & best of luck to you & your son!
    Rick H
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    Melissa reacted to andyp in MED-EL 2.4 GHz digital wireless technology alternatives   
    I am a little baffled by this promised 2.4Ghz connectivity from MED-EL.
    Firstly the ISM (2.4Ghz) band is used by literally thousands of devices - from burglar/fire alarms, cordless phones, bluetooth and wifi, so saying "we offer 2.4Ghz connectivity" is very vague..
    Why cannot MED-EL followed Cochlears' example and help all their users who are bimodal (use a hearing aid as well as CI)?
    They can do this by adopting and licensing one of the already too numerous 2,4Ghz remote systems like eg Phonaks Roger and GN Resound streamer.
    Why does MED-EL have to come up with yet another proprietary system on 2.4Ghz alongside the others.
    It is long overdue that we had some standardisation in hearing aid and Cochlear Implant technology - ISO and other organisations should be involved.
    Or could it be that there is a captive market that is being "tapped"?
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in Rondo 2 and Roger Pen   
    @Melissa
     
    I am glad my posts have been helpful.  Feel free to ask more questions.
     
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    Melissa got a reaction from Mary Beth in Rondo 2 and Roger Pen   
    You are so helpful, I want you to know I appreciate every answer!
     
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in Rondo 2 and Roger Pen   
    @Melissa
    I understand your point.  I do not know what future plans Med-El has for the Rondo line.
    I can share my experiences using the Roger plugged into the mini mic 2+ in schools as a Teacher of the Deaf.  The mini mic 2+ creates many more problems than we are used to.  
     
    I guess it is to be expected because the audio is going through more steps.  Instead of going straight from the mic to the receiver to processor, it is going mic to receiver to mini mic 2+ to processor.  We have much more troubleshooting to do with that set up.
     
    I always wonder if the adaptive mic tech in the Roger System is completely intact when we couple it to a fixed mini mic 2+.  
     
    But most definitely our students with Cochlear hear much better using Roger than just using the mini mic 2+ in class.
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Beth in Market Share Concern?   
    @Melissa
    I had the pleasure of visiting Med-El headquarters in Innsbruck and meeting Ingeborg Hochmair and many Med-El employees.  They are passionate about their lifelong commitment to us.  I trust they have a plan in place.
    I will tag @MED-EL Moderator so they may respond to your concerns.
    I chose Med-El in 2015 after a progressive loss and these CIs have changed my life.  They are soooo much better than hearing aids!  Music is awesome.
    Wishing your son the very best.
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    Melissa got a reaction from Mary Beth in Activated today!! So many questions..   
    I am so glad to read this, since we are at the stage of looking for implants for my 10 year old, who has done well with hearing aids since he was 3 months old but whose loss has worsened. I really worried for him about the transition from HA to CI.
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    Melissa reacted to Mary Featherston in Activated today!! So many questions..   
    @lizjlong your experience sounds remarkably like mine, except I started with hearing aids when I was fourteen.  My primary memory about that (other than being helped by the hearing aid, I liked having it) was that the audiologist, who was a crusty old fart, at my first appointment couldn't figure out what to call me - clearly my name couldn't be Mary when I was wearing corduroy jeans and a button-up shirt.
    Sexist of him, no?  Mom set him right straight.  From there I had a succession of hearing aids that helped quite a lot at first - I got through college and my young adulthood without much angst.  But as my hearing got progressively worse, the hearing aids were unable to keep up with my loss.  What got me on the right path was my audiologist went out of network so I got a referral from my regular doctor.
    Well.  The audiologist that he sent me to worked as a team with an ENT and after my hearing test they were both appalled that I hadn't already been evaluated for CIs.  Apparently my previous audiologist was just mailing it in.  So they gave me a referral to a CI audiologist and a surgeon who's an ENT and otoneurologist, and that was that.  I haven't looked back, my CIs are awesome.
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